The Final Sequence
Comparing the Judgment of the Nations and the Great White Throne Judgment
In the previous chapters on the Judgment of the Nations and the Great White Throne Judgment, I showed from the Scripture the details of each. The purpose of this short chapter is to compare and contrast those details.
In what ways do these two great judgments agree in their details?
The main detail is that the Lord Christ is the Judge in both cases, as the following texts make clear:
But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
[There can be no doubt that the Lord Christ is referring to Himself here.]
Note how the Apostle John refers to the Father here:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
and in the same manner to the Lord Christ here:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
But note especially these words of the Lord Christ about the topic of the responsibility of judgment:
For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son … For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man
[“All judgment” must include the last judgment of Rev 20, or words cease to have meaning.]
That One who is the Alpha and Omega, that One who is the Son of Man, is the One who will sit in judgment of all mankind, the living and the dead!
A second detail in which the two judgments are the same is that both consign those condemned to the Outer Darkness permanently.
In what ways do the judgments differ in their details?
In all other ways, these judgments are very different:
There can be no conclusion other than the fact that the Judgment of the Nations and the Great White Throne Judgment are two very different events that have the same result: those condemned are consigned to the Outer Darkness for eternity.
Finally, the following summary statements complete this chapter:
In the Judgment of the Nations, the Lord Christ is the Judge of the Living.
In the Great White Throne Judgment, the Lord Christ is the Judge of the Dead.